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§ II-26 Pensions for police and fire employees.

To establish and maintain a separate system of pensions and retirement benefits for such officers and
employees of the Department of Aviation, of the Police Department and of the Fire Department of
Baltimore City as may be designated or described by ordinance of the Mayor and City Council of
Baltimore; to fix the terms of and restrictions on admission to such system and the classifications
therein; to provide that persons eligible for admission in such pension system shall not be eligible
except as hereinafter provided for admission to any other pension system, the revenues of which are
derived wholly or in part from appropriations made by the City, from license fees or from fines and
forfeitures imposed under the laws or ordinances in force in Baltimore City; to provide for the
optional transfer to such pension system of any officer or employee of either the Department of
Aviation, the Police Department or the Fire Department of Baltimore City who is eligible to join
such separate pension system, from any other system of pensions and retirement benefits operated
and maintained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore; to provide in connection with such
pension system, a system of benefits payable to the beneficiaries and dependents of any participant in
such pension system after the death of such participant (whether accidental or otherwise and/or
whether occurring in the actual performance of duty or otherwise), subject to such exceptions,
conditions, restrictions and classifications as may be provided by ordinance; provided, however,

(1)that upon the adoption of an ordinance providing for their participation in such pension
system, eligible officers and employees of the Department of Aviation, of the Police
Department and of the Fire Department who do not elect to participate in such pension
system, shall be entitled to the pensions, retirement benefits, other benefits or allowances for
themselves, their widows or dependents, under the laws or ordinances in force immediately
prior to the adoption of such ordinance;

(2)nothing in this subsection shall operate or be construed to diminish in any way the rights of
any eligible members of the Police Department or of the Fire Department who are not
participants in the presently existing general pension system of the City of Baltimore, their
widows or dependents, to pensions, retirement benefits, other benefits or allowances provided
for by laws or ordinances in force as of January 1, 1926.

Until amended by ordinance, the presently existing pension and retirement systems of the City shall
remain in force. The provisions of this subsection shall be deemed to be in addition to and not in
substitution of any other powers or authorizations now conferred upon the Mayor and City Council
of Baltimore.

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